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Heavy rain caused flooding in central Slovakia, east hit by storm

Heavy and prolonged rain resulted in flooding in several municipalities of Banská Bystrica Region on Monday. Fire brigade spokesperson Erik Piater told the SITA newswire that 72 firefighters were called to help after flooding caused problems in 25 villages and towns.

Heavy and prolonged rain resulted in flooding in several municipalities of Banská Bystrica Region on Monday. Fire brigade spokesperson Erik Piater told the SITA newswire that 72 firefighters were called to help after flooding caused problems in 25 villages and towns.

“The gravest situation was in Utekáč in the Poltár District, where a landslide cut off the municipality for several hours,” Piater said, adding that the disaster resulted in one injury. In Čierny Balog, 40 people had to be evacuated and as of Tuesday, June 25, a third-degree flood emergency was announced in 16 municipalities in the region.

A storm on late Monday and early Tuesday, combined with torrential downpours, also prompted a third-degree flood alert in Dravce in the eastern Levoča District. The mayor, Elena Bašistová, told the TASR newswire that the local road was damaged and that water flooded the yards of about 15 houses. The eastern districts also reported several landslides, fallen trees on roads and damage to bridges crossing local rivers and streams.

In Košice, a tree fell onto a car parked on Stará Baštová Street, TASR wrote. No injuries were reported in the east of the country.

(Source: SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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